Play in the community — quality care for the child with cancer
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Play in the community — quality care for the child with cancer

Jayne Price Senior teaching fellow, Queen’s University Belfast, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Naomi Spence Community play specialist, Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Play, the universal language of children, is an important child-centred communication tool and is a necessity for a sick child. Play can help the child with cancer understand and prepare for the particular type of treatment they face and can also reduce distress and anxiety for the child’s family. As more childhood cancer care moves away from the hospital setting and into the child’s own home, service providers must develop the role of specialist play in the community.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 3, 8, 31-34. doi: 10.7748/cnp2004.

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